May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try.
Here in Lawrence, we will be celebrating Bike Month in a number of different ways this year. You will see Bike Month themed social media throughout the month of May from the City and the Parks and Recreation Department.
The Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department will hold their annual Helmet Fair on Saturday, April 28 on the University of Kansas campus alongside the annual Spring Football scrimmage. The event will be in Lot 92 & 94―East of David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and is free to attend. Immediately following the Helmet Fair, the KU Spring Football Scrimmage will take place at 1:00 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.
At the event, public safety staff will be on hand to provide and custom-fit bike helmets for children age 15 and younger (with an adult, while supplies last). Participants can have their bicycle inspected and take a ride on the Safe Ride Course. Staff will provide information on the rules of the road, bicycle safety tips, bike trail etiquette, booster seat safety and pool safety.
The Hawk Zone will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. featuring family-friendly activities.
The city’s Police and Fire-Medical Departments and Kansas University Public Safety are joining efforts to provide this event, along with several private and non-profit business partners including Kansas Athletics, Laird Noller, Safe Kids Douglas County, McDonalds, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, Douglas County Medical Society, Dillons, Ranjbar Orthodontics, State Farm Insurance, and Lawrence Pilot Club.
Contact the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department at (785) 830-7000 for more information.
There's a local organization you need to get to know. It's called FLAT, no it's not a play on the great plains once you get to the other side of the Flint Hills and can see Denver, FLAT is an acronym for the Friends of Lawrence Area Trails.
FLAT is a nonprofit group devoted to developing, promoting and maintaining a robust and vibrant trails system in Douglas County and northeast Kansas. FLAT’s primary roles are to raise funds for trail construction, build a community of trails supporters, and advocate for city, county and state investment in trails.
The founding committee is composed of local well-known local champions of being active that include:
- Kate Dinneen – Chair
- Marilyn Hull – Member
- Sarah Hill-Nelson – Treasurer
- Susan Hampton – Member
- Jeff Severin – Member
From their website:
We envision a time when Lawrence area residents and visitors of all ages and abilities have convenient access to a trail system that delivers healthy people, economic growth, and a green future.
Our immediate goal is to work toward completion and greater use of the Lawrence Loop, the 22-mile paved trail that will eventually circle the city.
Looking ahead, we will work toward expanding the Lawrence area trail network and promoting Lawrence as a northeast Kansas trail hub.
FLAT will work collaboratively with existing groups that build and maintain trails and organizations that host events on trails.
We intend to establish ourselves as a 501c3 by the close of 2018. Meanwhile, the Douglas County Community Foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations to the Friends of Lawrence Area Trails Fund.
For more information about FLAT check out their:
More information coming but set aside the dates!
The Bicycle Friendly Driver program is an hour interactive class, aimed at educating all drivers on the best and safest ways to share the road with people on bicycles. Developed by FC Bikes in collaboration with Bike Fort Collins. This course answers questions like:
- How do most crashes involving motor vehicles and bicyclists occur?
- What is the safest way to make a right-hand turn when bike lanes and/or bicyclists are present?
- Why do bicyclists ride in the middle of the road?
- Attendance is open to everyone, no need to RSVP.
Please make plans to attend one of the two sessions offered by KU Sustainability.
The class will be presented twice.
MARCH 27th 2018 11:30-12:30 in Ritchie Hall Room 268, located in the new Earth, Energy & Environment Center, 1414 Naismith Drive.
MARCH 30th 2018 1:30-2:30 presented in Chalmers Hall room 421, 1467 Jayhawk Blvd.
Topics being covered include:
- What’s legal and what’s not legal, for both motorists and bicyclists
- Why bicyclists “take the lane” and what motorists should do in response
- Why sharing the road is the safest alternative for both motorists
Questions? Contact Kirsten Yunuba Stephens at 785-764-1857 or email Bikefriendlylawrence@gmail.com